The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


12 April 2022

April Progress.

 Still lots and lots happening in the garden!!  It's that really busy time of year - is there a time when it's not busy in this garden???  Thanks to Chris, the vegetable plot is ready for planting and it looks as if we've seen the last of these vicious frosts a while - thank goodness! Who knows?  I might actually get the vegetables sown and planted? The Dahlias are all  potted up and the fern pit, otherwise known as the underfloor fernery, in the greenhouse has been all cleaned out, de-cobwebbed and new ferns planted.   The greenhouse is looking pretty immaculate as now the outside has been cleaned thoroughly to match the interior!  Am feeling smug as it's such an epic task!

The wallflowers planted up in the Dahlia border for the first time are all in full flower and I can't think why I left it bare last spring!  It's not just their bright colours but also their perfume!  I'm such a glutton for perfume in the garden!! 
Hopefully, by the time they are over, the Dahlias will be ready to plant out.  That's my theory anyway!

The Aspen Grove has really come on with the Euphorbias in their spring glory, the Primulas flowering and the columns all now all upright!  Doesn't sound much but it's very difficult to get them all exactly upright.  Because they taper, it's no good putting a spirit level against their sides and the tops aren't particularly level or square either!  Despite the absence of any Aspens, I think the name will always stick!!  Having said that; the young birch trees (Betula Jaquemontii) are now colouring up and showing their true silver colours.  Funny how the young silver birch trees are all brown.

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